Bootastic Blogger Books

imagesSo here is a great list of scary tales, all suggested by your fellow blogger! They all sound fantastic and will make for a great Halloween experience. So light some candles, gather around the fire, and get your mugs filled, it’s time for some Ghost Stories!

Blogger favorites for Boostastically Scary Tales:

The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova

Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family’s past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler.

Rated 4.0 on amazon.com


Ghost Story
by Peter Straub
Questions arise concerning the connections between a strangely detached young girl’s captivity in a seedy Florida motel, a death that occurs at a party for a visiting actress, and a young California instructor’s obsession with one of his students.
A classic tale of horror, secrets, and the dangerous ghosts of the past…

Rated 4.1 on amazon.com

Thank You The Britchy One of bitchininthekitchen.org

Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and mind as has this one-Ray Bradbury’s incomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic. A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time.

Rated 4.1 on amazon.com

Thank you Tina of tinawilliamsblog.wordpress.com

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Read by Glenn Close
517jJjsSo9L._SL500_SY436_BO1,204,203,200_Washington Irving’s eerie tale of romantic rivalry along the Hudson pits new schoolmaster Ichabod
Crane against local hero and bully Brom Bones for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel.

The haunting drama climaxes with the appearance of a legendary ghost-the headless horseman.
Rated 4.0 on amazon.com

“ All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; …”
~Washington Irving

Thank you K.M. Sutton of liveinthenautical.com

The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein
by Theodore Roszak

The passionate story of Elizabeth Lavenza, a girl rescued from poverty and raised by a remarkable noblewoman of Geneva, describes how the demise of her sensual bond with Victor Frankenstein sends him hurtling into a secret life, and along a path of destruction.
Rated 3.0 on amazon.com 


The Innocents

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An English governess believes that her two new charges are possessed by the spirits of the previous governess and her sadistic lover in this adaptation of Henry James’ “Turn of the Screw.”

Rated 4.3 on amazon.com

Thank you Fraser of frasersherman.com

The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins

Heralded as the very first mystery novel. Collins, in this work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today: a fabulous diamond stolen, everyone in the house is suspected, three mysterious Indians sworn to protect the jewel at all costs, the upstairs/downstairs tension from the servants, and a brilliant detective who is eccentrically fond of roses.

Rated 4.1 on amazon.com

Thank you Kelsey of theressomethingaboutkm.com

The Woman in Black
by Susan Hill

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house’s shuttered windows. The classic ghost story from the author of The Mist in the Mirror: a chilling tale about a menacing spectre haunting a small English town.
Rated 4.1 on amazon.com 

Thank you Paul Bowler of scifijubilee.wordpress.com

Book Bean: Midnight Madness
(A twist on Mulled)
hot-chocolate-and-a-good-book.jpgPlace 8 oz of water in a pan over high heat, add cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, 2 slices of orange (thin) and a pinch of nutmeg, bring to boil. Stir in, 1/2 Tsp of brown sugar, 1 Tsp of honey, and 1/2 Tsp of butter (or use 2 Tsp of pre-made buttered rum😉) Remove from heat and stir in 2 oz of rum (or whiskey) with new cinnamon stick.

(make it fun, add a dollop of vanilla bean ice-cream!)

Pick your book fancy from the wonderful choices above or chose one of your own, and gather with friends and/or family for a fun night of spooky tales and cozy spirits!

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Savory Seasonal Suggestion

The leaves have almost all fallen and the colors keep changing all around us. The crisp cool breeze of Autumn will soon begin it’s transformation into a winter chill; this is the season for spices, warm hugs, and yummy pie slices.

So with rosy cheeks and cozy feet here are some falltastic books and treats.

(Click pictures and titles for more info.)


The Wretched of Muirwood
– Jeff Wheeler
This is the first book in a trilogy (of which I have not finished) I cannot speak for the series but as for this first installment, it does not disappoint. This is a great fall book. The likable characters and murky undertones are perfect to read on a rainy day. Being the first of three it leaves you wanting more so if you’re shut up on a stormy weekend or need a holiday bundle, this is the book for you.

The Wretched of Muirwood Rated: 4.4 on amazon.com

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Book Bean:
This book screams apple cider. If you read it you will be happy to have some within your reach.


Chicken Soup For The Soul

Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen

An oldy but a goody. There is something unbelievably cozy about sipping a warm drink reading Chicken Soup for The Soul. This book warms you from the inside out, it is full of classic uplifting stories that anyone can enjoy.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com

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ook Bean: Sip some creamy butternut squash soup in a mug to really get in the spirit. Or try some honey ginger tea for just the right zing.

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Harry Potter
– J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series is the perfect thing for fall. Start in October and you’ll have plenty of content to last you through. I personally was content after the first three but if you want more the series packs a wallop. Everything about the story is perfect for the season. Not only does it jive but it’s also the kind of book that you want to curl up with, escape from the world, and get lost in.

Harry Potter Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com

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Book Bean:
Pumpkin Latte or any other spiced latte
pairs oh so nicely.



The Turn of The Screw
– Henry James
This eerie tale is dark and brittle and not for the faint of heart. It’s a classic but it does not fail to lift the micro hairs ever so slightly at the base of your neck. If you frighten easily read aloud with a friend for a fun twist. Make s’mores and sit around a fire pit take turns reading it aloud and see who squirms.

The Turn of the Screw Rated: 4.6 on amazon.com

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s’more of course ; )



The Best of Poe
– Edgar Allan Poe
What could be better on a cold gloomy night than setting the candle ambiance for the romantic loom of short stories and poems by the great Poe. There is a dark and sexy quality to Poe’s work that matches the Autumn breeze beautifully. Sit out on your porch wrapped in wool and read his words as they whistle with the wind.

The Best of Poe Rated: 4.5 on amazon.com

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Book Bean:
Get some dark chocolate to nibble, and sip your favorite black coffee brew.

Fun Fact: 65% of adults read for pleasure.

Now light some candles, get those fluffy socks on, and grab something to cuddle. Tis the season for book nooks and reading hooks

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With some yummy Mulled Cider!

 

Medieval Fare and Fiction

38de0f422fffb271a3f9006077becc55I love historical fiction and I also love fantasy fiction, so this showcases a little of both. Thanks to a little prompting from Robin C. Farrel I decide to compile a list of well known and highly rated Medieval & Fantasy fiction. I also shared a few drink pairings that I thought would compliment these books and do justice to their era. I hope you enjoy what I’ve come up with, and add your own favorites to my list!

Here is my Friday list of fabulous Medieval Fair and Fiction:

The Sunne In Splendour
By Sharon Kay Penman

A glorious novel of the controversial Richard III; a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history

In this beautifully rendered modern classic, Penman redeems Richard III; vilified as the bitter, twisted, scheming hunchback who murdered his nephews.

Rated 4.7 on amazon.com

The Inheritance Cycle
By Cristopher Paolini

An unforgettable, worldwide bestselling saga of one boy, one dragon, and a world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Rated 4.7 on amazon.com
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Book Bean:
 Hot Mulled Persimmons
Wash, peel, and slice ½ cup’s worth of ginger. Put it into a pot or kettle. Add 5 cinnamon sticks, handful of pine nuts, and 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil and boil for 15 min. Lower heat and add 5 dried persimmons and 1 cup of sugar, simmer 30 min. Serve hot with ginger/pine nut garnish. As a non traditional option; add 5 satchels (or equivalent in loose leaf) of desired tea (white works well) for the last 5-10 min.

The Pillars of the Earth
By Ken Follett
A spellbinding epic story set in twelfth-century England. This book tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known-and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.
Before this novel was published, Follett was known for writing in the thriller genre. The Pillars of the Earth became his best-selling work.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

Ivanhoe
ivanhoe-walter-scott-paperback-cover-artBy Sir Walter Scott

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

Ivanhoe was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. This is a classic historical fiction with knights, action, and romance.

Rated 4.3 on amazon.com

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Bring  8 oz of almond milk to a simmer, drop in a teaspoon of mulberry syrup (or more to taste) add in 2 drops of almond extract (or to taste.) Mix well, pour, and serve.

The Way of Kings
By Brandon Sanderson

Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Rated 4.7 on amazon.com

Here Be Dragons
By Sharon Penman
The turbulent clashes of two disparate worlds and the destinies of the individuals caught between them spring to life in this magnificent novel of power and passion, loyalty and lies.

The book that began the trilogy that includes Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning, Here Be Dragons brings thirteenth-century England, France, and Wales to tangled, tempestuous life.

Rated 4.7 on amazon.com

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Book Bean:
Soft Honey Mead
In a pot mix: 1 part white grape juice, 2 parts honey, and 3 parts water (part = an ounce or a cup etc. depending on how much you want to make.) Add in cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cardamom to taste. Bring it to a boil then simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain & chill.

The Mists of Avalon
By Marion Zimmer Bradley
The magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A new twist on an enchanting tale.

Most of the events of the traditional Arthurian legend are presented in this re-telling. However, it is fascinating how the story normally told through the eyes of men, changes when experienced from the experiences of woman.

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com

The Last Kingdom
By Bernard Cornwell
An exciting, yet little known (although now on the rise) story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son, and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.

Told through a dispossessed noble, who is captured as a child by the Danes and raised by them. By the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex, he almost feels he is one.

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com


18d3059138f98fc4380ac7b082e2815bBook Bean: 
Spiced Pear Cider
Start with 2 liters of Apple juice in a big pan, then add 2 thumb sized ginger pieces, 2 sliced ripe pears, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cardamom pods, and 3 Tbs. brown sugar. Add the juice of 4 limes, and zest of 2. Bring everything to a boil then simmer until all of the sugar has dissolved. Serve hot in mugs with cinnamon stick. Spiced rum can also be added.

 

Fun fact: In Medieval Europe coffee was not around. Coffee didn’t make it’s way over till the 17th century. Also, milk was not something that was common to drink, especially if you did not have a cow or goat in your possession (freshness and all that.) So mead, almond milk, and cider were more common options.

So what are your medieval/fantasy fiction favorites?